Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2004 Ford Escape looks pretty good compared to other Ford Escape model years, but still has a trend of transmission problems, and engine problems from the NHTSA complaint data — so it's not a model year we can recommend.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
112,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2004 Ford Escape body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 202014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles


I have a cracked wheel housing or at least that is what I think it should be called. The rear passenger wheel splash shield (maybe that is a better name) that goes above the tire and around the rear shock is cracked and now the shock has no support. It sounds like something is bouncing around and threatening to go through the side of my car. To repair it is not all that expensive, however the part is unavailable from Ford and it is on a National back order.

I am a single car owner, and my car is now of no use to me. I live 34 miles from work and now no car. This has been a good car, however renting a car is almost $250 per week. I hope someone at Ford will see this and get my part into production. As I am the second person to complain of this issue in the last 6 months. And in my humble opinion 112,000 miles is a low mileage for this to be happening.

- , New London, OH, USA

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